The first game of Lonzo Ball’s NBA career could be historic.
The “Magic” Johnson era begins tonight. The legendary Lakers first pick makes his debut in Staples center against the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Michael_Z (@Michael_zzr) October 20, 2017
Ball played in two of the Lakers six preseason games, missing some time due to injury. In two games, Ball averaged 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 points per game.
Healthy and looking to make his presence felt, Ball takes the court in front of 21,000 filled seats. Millions will be glued to their television sets, smartphones, iPad or whatever device is available to witness the next generation Lakers star.
Ball is praised for his unselfish play and ability to get his teammates involved by facilitating the basketball. His skills in the passing game have been compared to Jason Kidd. Ball’s self-less play could carve his name into the Lakers record books tonight.
Lonzo Ball will make NBA debut tonight. Nick Van Exel had 8 assists in his NBA debut in 1993, the most by a Lakers rookie in a NBA debut.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 19, 2017
Nick Van Exel hold the rookie debut record with 8 assists, a record that has stood firm since the early 90s. Ball is not focused on breaking the record, but is capable of achieving that feat without altering his game in any way.
Rookie of the Year
There are tremendous expectations set for ball. Odds are in his favor to win rookie of the year. Is it possible? Of course it is.
Lonzo could help restore the Lakers to relevance. If his contagious play and infectious energy can have his teammates play to their potential and beyond, Los Angeles could be a dark horse to make the playoffs.
Lavar Ball was right (@Lavarbigballer)
— Lakers Fanbase (@BenOsaze) July 18, 2017
LaVar Ball has emulated Nostradamus with his predictions prior to his oldest son being drafted by Magic. Ball exuded confidence when he predicted Lonzo would be picked by the Lakers and lead the Lakers to the Summer League championship.
Could his prediction of the Lakers making the playoffs come to fruition?
It won’t be easy as the level of competition in the Western Conference is ferocious. Some believe the Lakers will be good, but won’t contend in the West for another year or so. Lonzo and the Lakers aren’t listening to any outside noise and are focused on winning basketball games.
It will be interesting to see how the chips fall in the Western Conference. If Lonzo is instrumental in orchestrating a playoff push for the purple and gold, LaVar’s premonitions could be taken a little more seriously.
Stats referenced at FoxSports.com